Biomimicry and its cousins can be used as a tool for sustainability to improve the lives of humans, support other organisms, and enhance business outcomes – or all three. Some companies operate with sustainability as an immediate goal, recognizing the reciprocity they invoke ultimately helps all living things be more resilient and flourish together.

While the bottom line of business has to include profits as a goal to stay in business, the professionals storied here have integrated biomimicry or one of its forms into their work to make a profit while saving energy, reducing waste, enhancing health, or a combination of those and other benefits. Typical reasons for failure in business detailed here have more to do with the nature of business – as opposed to the nature of nature.

Stepping outside our doors to include nature as teacher and partner provides us with the feedstock for our businesses along with the vast knowledge of how to run them better.